June 7, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup teams: Uruguay (CONMEBOL), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for Uruguay, with 4 other player-options listed).

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Uruguay national team. CONMEBOL (South America). Nickname: La Celeste (the Sky Blue One). Home jersey: sky blue with white and gold trim.
-Uruguay is in 2014 FIFA World Cup Group D (with Costa Rica, England, and Italy), ‘2014 FIFA World Cup Group D‘ (
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification: 12th qualification out of 18 tries (1934 & 1938, did not enter). Uruguay has qualified for the World Cup in 1930, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1986, 1990, 2002, 2010, 2014.
Previous WC finish: 2010, Fourth Place (3-2-2).
Highest WC finish:
1930, Champions (4-0-0).
1950, Champions (3-1-0).

Population of Uruguay: 3.3 million {2013 estimate}. Capital and largest city: Montevideo, metro area pop. 1.7 million {2011 est.}.

-Uruguay coach, Oscar Tabarez. Óscar Tabárez.
-Uruguay squad captain, 33-year-old free agent DF Diego Lugano (who was previously with West Bromwich Albion, and before that, with Málaga, PSG, and Fenerbahçe). Diego Lugano.

From, from 26 April 2014, by Daniel Harris, ‘Morally, can we justify giving Luis Suárez a Player of the Year award?‘ (

Below: Theoretical Best XI for Uruguay (with 4 other player-options further below) -
Uruguay on globe, map by Connormah at ‘File:Uruguay (orthographic projection).svg‘ (
Uruguay blank map by NordNordWest at ‘File:Uruguay location map.svg‘ (
Uruguay 2014 jersey, photo from
Óscar Tabárez, photo from
Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images Europe via
Maxi Pereira RB/RM (Benfica), photo unattributed at
Diego Lugano CB/DM (unattached), photo unattributed at
Diego Godín CB/DM (Atlético Madrid), photo by Getty Images via
Martín Cáceres LB/CB/RB (Juventus), photo by Getty Images via
Christian Stuani FW/RW/LW (Espanyol), photo from
Egidio Arévalo CM/DM (UANL/Morelia), photo unattributed at
Nicolás Lodeiro AM/W (Corinthians), photo by via
Cristian Rodríguez LW/LM/CM (Atlético Madrid), photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images Europe via
Luis Suárez FW (Liverpool), photo by Rex Features via AP Images via
Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain), photo by Icon Sport via
Other player-options,
Walter Gargano CM/DM (Napoli/Parma), photo by Daniele Buffa/Image Sport via
Gastón Ramírez AM/CM/W (Southampton), photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe via
Diego Forlán FW/LW (Cerezo Osaka), photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images AsiaPac via
Álvaro Pereira LW/LM (Inter/São Paulo), photo from

Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (
Thanks to the contributors at ‘Uruguay national football team‘ (
Thanks to, for player-position details.
Thanks to, for recent squad line-ups (with positions-on-the-field graphics), at;
& at

June 29, 2010

2010 World Cup: Uruguay, 23-man roster.

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Uruguay World Cup squad.

The map shows the Uruguay national football team which competed in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
At the bottom, left on the map page are photos of all the players on the Uruguay team that have seen action in Uruguay’s first 6 matches in the 2010 World Cup (21 player photos, all in the gear of their professional clubs). International appearances (aka caps) and international goals are listed and are up to date as of 6th July, 2010.

13 players in the squad were born in Montevideo. Montevideo is Uruguay’s sole city of over 100,000 inhabitants. Montevideo’s population is around 1.3 million {2004 figure}. Two of the three players who have scored for Uruguay in their first 4 games in this World Cup come from Montevideo…FW Diego Forlán and MF Alváro Pereira. Forlán, who scored the winning goal for Atlético Madrid in their Europa League finals win over Fulham in May, scored two goals in the 16th June match v. South Africa (which ended 3-0). Attacking midfielder Alváro Pereira, who plays for FC Porto in Portugal, also scored in the match versus South Africa, in extra time, heading in a cross from Luis Suarez (see below).

Salto and Paysandú which produced 2 and 3 players in the squad, respectively, both have populations in the upper 90,000s (Salto is slightly larger). Both these cities are in the west of the country, on the east bank of the Uruguay River, which borders Argentina’s Entre Rios Province. Prolific goal scoring striker Luis Suárez, who plays professionally for Ajax of the Netherlands, is from Salto. In this World Cup, Suárez has maintained his amazing production rate (he has scored 89 goals in 131 games in the Dutch Eredivisie). Suárez scored the winner in Uruguay’s 1-0 defeat of Mexico, then scored both goals in Uruguay’s victory over South Korea.

Uruguay itself has a population of only around 3.4 million (2009 estimate}.
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at, Uruguay national football team. Thanks to UK Soccer Shop, for the photos of the Uruguay jerseys.

November 17, 2009

Uruguay: 2009-10 Primera División.

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The Primera División de Uruguay plays Apertura and Clausura competitions like many Latin American leagues,  but the champion for the season is determined by a two-legged final between the Apertura and Clausura winners,  played in June each year (but in 2009 played in August after fan violence had forced postponements).  Reigning champions are Nacional. 

The Uruguayan football scene has been dominated for decades by two clubs…Peñarol and Nacional.  Like over 80% of the clubs in the top division,  these two clubs are from the capital,  Montevideo.  The fact that Montevideo has the lion’s share of clubs in Uruguay’s top flight is understandable,  given that there is no city in the country larger than 100,000 population other than Montevideo (population, 1.3 million).  In recent years,  though,  some other clubs have won the championship…Defensor Sporting in 2008,  and Danubio in 2007.  And currently in this season’s Apertura,  trophy-less club Liverpool (named after the city in England) are in first place after 11 rounds  {Primera División de Uruguay table,  here}.

 Here are galleries of Peñarol,  Nacional,  Defensor Sporting,  and Danubio…

Peñarol vie with Nacional for the postion as the biggest club in Uruguay.  A 2006 survey showed that 45% of fans in Uruguay supported Peñarol,  while 35% supported Nacional.  Peñarol won the first 2 Copa Libertadores competitions,  in 1960 and 1961.  Their fifth and last Copa Libertadores title was in 1987.  During all this period,  and in fact from the start of the professional era in Uruguay in 1932 straight through to 1975,  there were only two different Uruguayan champions,  Peñarol or Nacional.  In total,  Peñarol have amassed 4 amateur titles (last in 1929),  and 36 professional titles (last in 2003),  and their original club, CURCC amassed 5 amateur titles,  making a total of 45 titles for the club.  Most everyone counts this number as Peñarol’s total national titles,  except for some Nacional supporters,  who insist CURCC were a different club than Peñarol.  Peñarol have been enduring financial problems for a number of years now,  and have not won a Uruguayan title in 6 seasons.

Peñarol’s roots lie in the the national railways union.  The club originated in 1892 as the football branch of the Central Uruguay Railways Cricket Club (est. 1891).  Peñarol was the village 10 km. from downtown Montevideo where the football club played.  The club took as it’s colors and kit design the black/yellow striping of railway signs and warning barriers.  CURCC won 5 titles betwen 1900 and 1911,  during the early years of the amateur era in Uruguay.  Fan violence led the Central Uruguay Railways company to disassociate itself with the football club,  and Club Atlético Peñarol was established in early 1914.



Club Nacional de Football was formed in 1899,  the result of an alliance between the Uruguay Athletic Club and the Montevideo Football Club.  The implicit point about the club’s name is that they are the national club for Uruguayans,  as opposed to,  say,  a football club that was formed by workers,  many foreign,  at a foreign-owned company (ie, CURCC/Peñarol).

Nacional have won 3 Copa Libertadores titles,  their first in 1971,  their second in 1980,  and their third in 1988.  Domestically,  Nacional have won 42 titles,  11 in the amatuer era,  and 31 in the professional era.   Nacional have won 3 titles (2005, 2005-06, and 2008-09) since their rival Peñarol’s last championship.  Nacional also had an impressive showing in the Copa Libertadores earlier this year,  making it all the way to the Semi-Finals.  One of the cool things about Nacional is that unlike Peñarol,  they still play many of their games in their own stadium,  the seething cauldron known as the Parque Central,  which still has parts of the stadium that date back to it’s opening in 1900.  Here is a YouTube video about Pargque Central’s rebuilding in 2004,  which starts off with some nice shots of Uruguayan football circa the 1900s to the 1920s…I’m guessing that one of those elements of the stadium that still exist from the original design a century ago can be seen at the 0:45 point in the 10:29 video  {click here (YouTube, ‘Gran Parque Central-nuestra casa’,  by jonasuy1, May, 2008).


Defensor Sporting Club was formed in 1913.  The club won their first Uruguayan title in 1976,  breaking a  44-year title domination by Peñarol and Nacional.  They won that title with a solid defensive style,  and to this day they are known for their ultra consevative style.  Defensor Sporting has won one title in each decade since then,  with their fourth coming in 2007-08.  Earlier this year the club had a successful run in the 2009 Copa Libertadores,  beating Boca Juniors in the Round of 16,  to make it to the Quarter-Finals,  where they lost to eventual champions Estudiantes de La Plata.  Defensor Sporting Club are one of the few first division clubs in the world with a stadium that has a sea view.



Danubio was formed by Bulgarian immigrants,  in 1932  with their name referencing the Danube River.  The club plays in the working class neighborhood of Jardines del Hipódromo.  Danubio won their first title in 1988,  their second title in 2004,  and their third title in 2006-07.  Danubio are regarded as having one of the best youth set-ups in the country,  providing many players to the national under-17 and under-20 teams.



Leading scorers gallery…


Thanks to Rodolfo Vergendad for asking for a map of the Uruguayan Primera División in the comments section.

   Thanks to Footiemap site,  for info on club location {click here}.   Thanks to the contributors to the pages at {click here},  and at {click here}.

Thanks to TodoPorLaMismaPlata site {click here}.   Thanks to {click here (set at Henrique von Hertwig’s photo of the Centenario}.   Thanks to Parque Central official site {click here}.   Thanks to TodosNacional fansite {click here (translated)}.   Thanks to World {click here (set at Stadiums in Uruguay)}.   Thanks to {click here (set at search: Defensor Sporting Estadio Luis Franzini)}.   Thanks to Virtual {click here}.   Thanks to Danubio fansite LosDanuStones {click here}.   Thanks to FutbolMania12 (El blog del hincha No. 12) {click here}.  

Thanks to (Deportes Uruguay) {click here (click here for translated)}.   Thanks to Danubio Fútbol Club site {click here}.

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